Man, this is circulating around the internet like crazy. Apparently, according to HipHopDX and Complex, 50 Cent has shut down Worldstarhiphop.com. Back in 2009, 50 Cent and WSHH had beef. Per the video below, 50 claims that Rick Ross was paying WSHH to attack 50. 50 filed a lawsuit against WSHH claiming copyright infringement. On a show here in Atlanta with Greg Street, 50 claimed that he would tie WSHH in litigation so long they wouldn’t be able to afford a Subway. And those joints are 5 dollars. Lol. Two years later, and the site appears to be offline.
“I got a lawsuit against WorldStar for utilizing my likeness,” 50 Cent said. “A lot of people thought that was my site because they saw my face on the cover of an infringement with iRobot for a long time. They should really be nice to me, because I have lawyers and retainers. I pay them so much anyway that we’ll just go back and forth in court until you can’t afford a Subway sandwich.”
Here are tweets from 50 Cent:
“I don’t know why people underestimate me. I just shut down WORLDSTAR for future advertising contact thisis50.com suckers lol”
“I predict 2 more web sites will shut down this week. Take a guess who they are. I’m sick of the hate I’m to strong.”
WorldStarHipHop has been under scrutiny from HipHopDX and others for stream ripping. Stream ripping is a process of taking video from other sites video players and using it as their own. Interesting. I just tried to access the website. It seems like they are suffering from a DoS attack instead of total shut down.
From comments I’m reading, while WSHH was a popular site, they were known for a negative view of hip-hop and the African American culture. A lot of people are applauding 50 Cent for his actions. Let’s see how long this lasts and how long WSHH stays offline.
Wiz Khalifa is a genius now that the Steelers are in the Super Bowl. I know the Jets are kicking themselves for squandering this moment. They came out way to flat on Sunday. Ah well, let’s go Big Ben and tie Tom Brady in Super Bowl rings. Maybe then you’ll get the credit you deserve.
After being locked up, I’m not surprised he’s looking to travel. Here are the details. The tour consists of Rick Ross, Travis Barker, and Nicki Minaj. The name of the 25 city tour is “I Am Music II” and will kick off March 18th. He’ll be here in Atlanta April 4th. That should be dope. Tickets go on sale February 4th. The tour dates are below.
3/18/11 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
3/19/11 3/20/11 Columbus, OH Baltimore, MD Nationwide Arena First Mariner Arena
3/23/11 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
3/24/11 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
3/26/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
3/27/11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
3/30/11 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
4/1/11 Chicago, IL United Center
4/2/11 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
4/3/11 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
4/6/11 Miami, FL Bank Atlantic Center
4/8/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
4/9/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
4/10/11 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
4/14/11 4/15/11 New Orleans, LA Dallas, TX New Orleans Arena American Airlines Arena
4/16/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center
4/19/11 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena
4/23/11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
4/24/11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
4/26/11 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
4/28/11 Edmonton, Canada Rexall Place
4/29/11 Vancouver, Canada Rogers Arena
*5/01/11 *East Rutherford, NJ *Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Arena
DJ Premier explains how he selects his year end list again. This one is good though. It’s a little bit more insight into how he judges his albums. Props to him for looking at album art because in today’s digital world, that artwork will be crucial in presenting and painting an image with your songs. This interview was conducted with HipHopDX. Props to Premierblog and HHDX.
I don’t know how this continues to be an issue. Kanye West didn’t make a list and from what I’ve seen, he hasn’t responded or felt dissed. Think about it. This is Kanye! Read on.
DJ Premier: Well, I thought Ghostface’s [Apollo Kids] album was better than mine. I really did. I’m being honest. I wasn’t being bias at all. And I thought my album was a good body of work. I didn’t put it up there just because I made it, and I deserve to be at the top – which I do deserve to be at the top. But I don’t put myself on a pedestal like that when I compare it to other things that I like. And when I listened to Ghost’s album, which I got two weeks after mine came out, I was really impressed and I was like, “Yo, man, this is it. This is the one. This is my #1 album.” ‘Cause I made that list literally two hours before I went to go do my radio show, and [so], you know, [there are] a couple I wish I could put in a different slot… There’s just one or two albums that I wish I had moved to a higher rank. Like, I thought Roc Marciano’s [Marcberg] should be higher… But hey, if I had cut it to 20, [at least] he still made it. Again, it was really just my list of things that I loved to listen to this past year. A lot of people thought, “How can you leave Eminem’s [Recovery] and Kanye [West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy] out?” And I was like, I’m not disrespecting them. I love both of them. Kanye’s a good friend of mine. Eminem’s a friend of mine. I just didn’t like their albums better than what I listened to. I didn’t say it was [wack], I just said these [albums] are the ones that I liked this year. I thought Recovery was better than Relapse. There were better songs on there, [but] compared to everything else I chose, it didn’t make the cut. Kanye’s album, I was anticipating that one highly based on what he told me it was gonna be: predominantly a boom-bap album. I think it’s a great album, but compared to The Left’s [Gas Mask] and Roc Marc and Ghost and all these other albums, it couldn’t compare. Because, my expectations were very, very high [for] that album.
Some people thought I was [being] mad because [Kanye West] didn’t use my beat. Like, I never been sensitive to that. I been turned down on beats a million times. Jay-Z, he’s turned down many of beats. And I don’t get mad like that. The only time I ever got mad at Jay for not picking a beat was not telling me that he didn’t like [a beat], when he only called me the day before he turned [his album] in to do a beat, back when he did American Gangster. And even that, he and I squashed that, after several hours of not being happy that I wasn’t on the album. And that was the only time I ever took something slightly to heart. [But] after a few hours I was over it. I don’t hold on to stuff and hold [a] grudge over people [turning] down a beat. It’s their record at the end of the day. If they don’t want it, I can’t force them to use it when it’s their album. If it’s my album, then I choose what I choose. But otherwise, yeah, there’s no need to get mad at an artist for not choosing a beat. They don’t want it, they don’t want it. Sometimes it’ll end up in the hands of somebody else and turn into something. “Sing Like Bilal” still became a hit in New York. And it helped Joell Ortiz get more recognition… I don’t trip off of people turning my music down. It’s all good.
I’m not that sensitive. So when people were commenting on the list, which I went to HipHopDX the other day and saw I had over 138 comments on my list. And I was just like, the people that were upset, it was funny what they were upset about. It’s almost like they think that I’m not listening to all these albums. I listened to every one of these albums. ‘Cause I do a radio show every week, so in order for me to do my radio show, and we’re formatted to break underground music, [those albums are] what I’m gonna base [my playlist] on. I know Drake is not underground, but he had a good album. In my opinion, it was a good body of work. I like [Thank Me Later]. I like Rick Ross’ [Teflon Don] album. I thought that was good. And I judge [the quality of albums] on more than just beats and rhymes. [What is the] subject matter? How was it mixed? If you have a bad mix with your album [but] you got some dope beats and rhymes, that’s some points against you because your mix-downs are not clear and crisp. So all of that goes into how I judge a record. These other guys, they ain’t doing all of that. They’re not judging on your mix-downs, your lyrical wordplay, your production, who you have on your album, artwork – I’m even looking at artwork. Like, it’s everything. Even the name of your album – all of that shit. Does [the title] make sense to me? That has a lot to do with it. And then again, the main one, is my expectations of the artist that I am listening to. People have high expectations of me to keep giving ‘em hot shit; I have high expectations of artists to give me hot shit. And when I don’t get it, I’m disappointed, but I know they’ll bring another album next time [and until then] I’ll play their old stuff. If you are of the era of when it was really, really great, and making solid albums [was commonplace], then my expectations of you are even more higher ‘cause you know how to make albums. Not everybody knows how to make albums. They know how to make songs, but not everybody knows how to make albums.
If you not up on Adele yet, do yourself a favor. Start with 19 first, then listen to 21. You need a foundation. For those of you that are, in this video, she takes you through the album track by track breaking them down. This is fresh.
Final installment of the Starving Artist Testimony series from 2010’s A3C Hip Hop Festival. Stealth caught up with DJ Toomp and chops it up about staying relevant, making songs, and the hustle of the producer game.
“Solidified [Khrysis Remix]” is the latest remix from Rah Digga’s album Classic. Rah Digga’s been busy dropping these records. We’ll take it.
Download: Rah Digga’s “Solidified” [Khrysis Remix]